Where is Newman's beatification to take place?
Birmingham Oratory? Is most probably too small.
St Chad's Cathedral? Again too small.
There has been mention of Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, pictured above, but do we really want a Newman forever to be associated with Cruffs, Abba Concerts, Motor and Caravan Exhibition.
The date is fixed, apparently, the beginning of May. The rumour that has been going the rounds lately is that it will take place in Rome, possibly at St Paul Outside the Walls.
A Roman venue, though a disappointment to many Brummies, will give the possibility of a "national" pilgrimage to Rome prior to the visit of the Holy Father to Britain. It would also mean that the vast number of those who venerate him from the USA and the rest of the world could join in the celebrations. Birmingham could then have its day with a Papal visit.
If that is so, all I ask is that the Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory are in charge of the liturgy of beatification.